15" subs - what type of music best suited for??????


Bronze Member
Username: Big_l

Surrey, Surrey England

Post Number: 16
Registered: Feb-04
I am trying to decide between two 12" subs or two 15" subs, the deciding factor will be how they play on types of music.

I hear that 15s will be good for bassy music like drum and bass but will not be quick enough for hip hop, i'm thinking of running them in ported boxes but not sure yet,

I hear that twelves are good for both rap music, dance and drum and bass.

but you know what i'm saying when i want to open my boot and two shiny 15s are there!!!!!!

Any feedback or personal experiences would be much appreciated!!!

get some 12's in ported boxes...like L7's....

that'll slam!!!


Bronze Member
Username: Bdb_86

Bemidji, MN Usa

Post Number: 57
Registered: Dec-03
well it is true that 15 inch speakers are slow, with 2 15's you would have 30 inches of speaker and would be somthing to brage about and with 2 12's you would have 24 inches so of coars the 15's would be loader BUT only with certan songs the 12's would be great for ANY kind of music you want to listen to but if you want to brage about them i would get 3 12 inch speakers then you would have 36 inches speakers that would kick alot of azz and would look realy cool (in my opinion)

Bronze Member
Username: Thespotlight

Amarillo, TX USA

Post Number: 19
Registered: Mar-04
Hip Hop is a little slower than you think. My 15" is waaaay louder when it's playing Nelly than it is when it's playing Metallica. Hip Hop is mainly sustained low bass that can be fast at times. Fast bass is usually in rock songs and is closer to 120hz rather than 80hz so 10"s and 12"s are better suited for rock. What I'm gonna do is add 2 10"s to my system and maybe another 15" or 12" depending on space.

Silver Member
Username: Its_bacon12

Post Number: 295
Registered: Dec-03
bryan, you dont measure speakers with sum of diameter, measure by surface area...and with circles (round subs) area = (pi) radius squared

A of 15" = ~176 square inches
A of 12" = ~113 square inches
A of 10" = ~78 square inches

a 15 inch sub will give you much slower response in a ported box than a sealed box
if you're saying u wanna open ur trunk and show off two 15" subs, get audiobahn crap..looks good but sucks

if you want good sound, check out an adire audio tempest (15" sub), not the greatest looking sub but will hit 103+ dB in a sealed box and have excellent SQ and it's only $150 and only needs 400-750w rms to run

you can also check out a pair of shivas (also adire audio) $125 each and they arent for looks either, but for sound again

cerwin vega has some good subs and they look pretty sweet too...it gives you some from both worlds

New member
Username: Blowitup

Post Number: 1
Registered: Mar-04
I have 2 15's (alpine r15's)... 2 12's (alpine r12's)...im also about to get 2 10's (alpine r10's)...i have 4 amps 1200 on each sub...It is GREAT...but i have also fit this all in a Escalade...i have 3 tv's...new speakers in doors...it has all costed about 8k and i got 24's coming soon....soooo if any1 want to chalange i live in FL...
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